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David Bronstein vs Fiorentino Palmiotto
13th olm qual. group 1 (1958), Munich FRG, rd 4, Oct-04
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Unzicker Attack (B09)  ·  1-0


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  patzer2: Although my Fritz 8 indicates Black gets a satisfactory position with 10...exf4 in this line of the Pirc Austrian attack, Botterill's decisive victory here seems to indicate White still has winning chances in this 6. e5 line of the Pirc Austrian attack.

Bronstein's tactical flourish to finish the game after 23. Nce4 is entertaining and instructive.

Mar-28-05  aragorn69: This game is the inauguration of the 7.h4!? variation of the Austrian Attack. Lubosh Kavalek gives a short and brilliant opening class, while commenting Nakamura's spectacular win over Smirin. Enjoy :
Apr-09-06  Averageguy: A nice line is 11...fxg6 12.Bc4+ Kh8 13.Rxh7+ Kxh7 14.Qh4+ Bh6 15.Ng5+ Kg7 16.Ne6+.
May-06-11  LIFE Master AJ: This superb game is # 27, (page # 61); of the book, "The Golden Dozen," by Irving Chernev.

No clue if this is all sound - maybe I fire up the meatl monster?!?

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  perfidious: Here's another possibility which was played long ago by Matulovic and annotated in the Keene/Botterill work with 10....e4, though I can't find the Matulovic game online and haven't access to the above-mentioned book: A Neiksans vs E Postny, 2001.
Oct-31-11  DrMAL: I gave Nakamura vs Smirin, 2005 much attention, well deserved, but this game nearly 50 years earlier with original idea of 7.h4! in Unzicker is also timeless. Position was still very sharp after 9.Qxd4 and creative genius Bronstein found fascinating way to sharpen further with demented 14.Ng5!

Weaker player looks at this move, scratches head, and starts up computer then, after finding big advantage black, adds punctuation and tells of how foolish white was. Pseudo-master looks in big library starting with MCO bible or the likes, searching for line to prove what "any master surely knows" (when he does not find, no worry just pontificate or make something up, or threaten to crack using engine LOL).

Strong player understands character of position and motive behind move, realizing subtlety to 14.Ng5! as reflection of David Bronstein's genius. Computer can give lines and alternatives, with careful scrutiny one can make good assessment of risk versus potential reward, but so far no-one has created engine that gives "difficulty to survive in" score. Like small group of other attacking geniuses, Bronstein was comfortable in such super sharp positions especially if he created it, most GMs are not, especially in line altogether new, as 7.h4 gave. 14.Ng5! creates higher level accuracy test, like Naka game a few small inaccuracies can become disaster.

Sure enough, 15...Nbd7 instead of 15...Nc6 (or 15...Bh5, in best line they transpose) lost nearly all advantage, after 17...e5 slightly loosening and position was already equal. But then seemingly innocuous 18...Qc5 (instead of 18...Rac8 or 18...Ng4) was all it took for Bronstein to get big edge. 19.Be3! blocked check and attacked Q, tempo gained (e.g., 19...Qa5 20.Be2) in this very sharp position are worth more than pawn/point. 19...Qc6 played was probably best (allow computer few hours before arguing, sharper positions generally take longer) with advantage already nearly decisive.

Bronstein play stayed very accurate 20.Bb5! was by far best. Next move 20...Qc7 slight inaccuracy (from 20...Qc8 only good move) and black was lost. Game like this is great excuse to bemoan fact that Bronstein missed out on becoming WC by technicality of match rules. It shows great lesson behind power of sharp positions to test skill, lesson that every true master today has some appreciation for and creates in game, what was amazing then is common among top players today.

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  perfidious: Wrong former Yugoslav player: the game cited in Keene/Botterill was N Padevsky vs A Matanovic, 1966, in which all White's attempts are turned aside with almost contemptuous ease.
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